alt src=  From Chief Bill Westenberger

Over the past few years, we hope we have encouraged our community to become more health conscious. We are choosing lifestyles that will positively impact the time we have left with our loved ones.

With so many fantastic choices being made, businesses and governments are making operational changes to support a healthier employee. In addition, programs like Kennesaw’s Fit City have been developed along with added and enhanced exercise trails and equipment. Corporate marketing has shifted focus to more choices in gyms, exercise equipment and clothing.

Unfortunately, this summer has yielded a great deal of local concern for personal safety especially while exercising outdoors and on trails. Police departments across the area have increased patrols and attention to those areas with hope of providing a safer environment. It’s important to note that personal safety begins with personal choices. I encourage you to enjoy your outdoor exercise safely by keeping these things in mind:


  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Invite an exercise partner
  • Park in well-lit areas concealing your valuables in a locked vehicle
  • Carry identification and relevant medical information
  • Keep your keys and phone with you
  • If you choose to listen to music, try your smart phone with no headset or avoid covering both ears
  • Stay on the trail
  • Make sure a loved one knows your route and estimated exercise time and length


Enjoy your time outdoors becoming healthier, but be aware of your surroundings.


 -In Humble Service-



William Westenberger
Chief of Police
Office: (770) 429-4535
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